Caught Our Notice: Is “miscommunication of the rejection” the new euphemism for “paper accepted”?

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TitleUpregulated Expression of Circulating MicroRNAs in Kidney Transplant Recipients With Interstitial Fibrosis and Tubular Atrophy

What caught our attentionWe’ve seen rejected papers published in error, and accepted papers duplicated by error in the same journal. But we rarely see this: The paper was accepted, but a “miscommunication of rejection” led the authors — believing their paper had been declined — to publish their paper elsewhere, causing its duplication in an unrelated journal. Maybe next time the editor will just write, “Congratulations. Your paper was accepted. Do not publish it anywhere else.”

Journal: Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases

Authors: Sepideh Zununi Vahed, Ahmad Poursadegh Zonouzi, Hossein Ghanbarian, Moteza Ghojazadeh, Nasser Samadi, Mohammadreza Ardalan

Affiliations: Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran; Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.

The Notice:

The editors wish to draw attention to an article published in the July 2017 issue of the Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases (Volume 11, Number 4) that has also appeared in another journal:

Upregulated Expression of Circulating MicroRNAs in Kidney Transplant Recipients With Interstitial Fibrosis and Tubular Atrophy Zununi Vahed S, Poursadegh Zonouzi A, Ghanbarian H, Ghojazadeh M, Samadi N, Ardalan M. Iran J Kidney Dis. 2017 Jul;11(4):309-318.

which is also published as:

Differential expression of circulating miR-21, miR-142-3p and miR-155 in renal transplant recipients with impaired graft function Zununi Vahed S, Poursadegh Zonouzi A, Ghanbarian H, Ghojazadeh M, Samadi N, Omidi Y, Ardalan M Int Urol Nephrol. 2017 Apr 28. doi: 10.1007/s11255-017-1602-2. [Epub ahead of print]

This inadvertent duplicate publication has occurred as a result of miscommunication of the rejection and a subsequent acceptance of the manuscript, and the authors and publishers were not aware of the simultaneous publications.

Hereby, the editors of the Iranian Journal of Kidney Diseases retract the following publication and regret this error…

Date of Article: July 2017

Times citedaccording to Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science: Zero

Date of Notice: September 2017

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One thought on “Caught Our Notice: Is “miscommunication of the rejection” the new euphemism for “paper accepted”?”

  1. How exactly is a paper published with zero input from the authors, such as approving the final proofs or signing a copyright transfer agreement? This excuse makes no sense at all.

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